When this movie is made in 1956, one can circumnavigate the globe in a little less than two days. When Jules Verne wrote the story "Around the World in Eighty Days" in 1872, he predicted that one day man could accomplish the task in eighty hours, but which most considered folly to do in eighty days in current times... that is except for people like Englishman Phileas Fogg, a regimented man who believed all it would take is exacting work, the skills he possesses. He just has to make sure a train's schedule meets the required sailing schedule which meets the required coach schedule and so on. As such, he takes up what ends up being the highly publicized £20,000 wager from his fellow members at the London Reform Club to do so, losing the bet which would ruin him financially. Along for the ride is Fogg's new, loyal and devoted valet, the recently arrived Latin immigrant, Passepartout, who possesses unusual skills which could be major assets, but whose all consuming thoughts on the ...Written by
(Mag-optical) (35 mm prints) (1956)|Mono
(optical) (35 mm prints) (re-release prints)|70 mm 6-Track
(70 mm prints) (Westrex Recording System)|4-Track Stereo
(Perspecta Sound encoding) (35 mm magnetic prints) (1956)
For its premiere run in London, the film was presented in 34mm. The UK had no 70mm-equipped theatres at the time, and cinema operators did not like the roadshow format. Eventually, Rank agreed to use its peripheral Astoria, Charing Cross Road for a roadshow run. The film played in an anamorphic 35mm format (not the same squeeze as CinemaScope) which gave a 2.2:1 aspect ration on screen. At the time, the British government imposed a film quota on UK cinemas which required 30% of the year's films to be British. However, the law only applied to 35mm, so special prints were produced with 1mm shaved off, producing unique 34mm prints which sidestepped the quota rules and enabled the Astoria to play the film for almost two years. The success of that roadshow presentation persuaded Rank and other cinema operators to install 70mm (which also avoided the quota) and get on the roadshow bandwagon. See more »
In 1872, the American flag at the Fort Kearney station would've had 37 stars. Colorado became the 38th state in 1877. See more »
There are no opening credits. The film begins with 'Edward R. Murrow (I)' narrating a prologue showing the history of flight. Then, the actual story begins with no opening credits whatsoever. See more »
'Around the World in Eighty Days' stars David Niven,Cantinflas, and Robert Newton (in his final role) but is mainly known for featuring zillions of people in cameo parts as Niven moves round his world trip.
You can spot ... Marlene Dietrich, Frank Sinatra, Buster Keaton, Ronald Colman, Gilbert Roland, Shirley MacLaine, Tim McCoy, Hermoine Gingold, Charles Boyer, Finlay Currie, Trevor Howard ...
Is it any good? Well, it is too long but gives a good attempt to present countries and travelling on a big scale. Niven is as charming as ever, while Cantinflas manages to stay irritating for three hours. Robert Newton as the obsessed Inspector Fix is entertaining but he'd done better.
One to watch at least once (and no doubt better than the recent remake). And the end credits by Saul Bass are superb.
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